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Walkers unite in fight against dementia

Participants in the Sudbury Memory Walk Picture: SOUTH SUFFOLK LEISURE

Participants in the Sudbury Memory Walk Picture: SOUTH SUFFOLK LEISURE

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More than 150 walkers took to the beautiful countryside around Sudbury to unite in the fight against dementia.

The Phoenix Marchers at the event Picture: SOUTH SUFFOLK LEISUREThe Phoenix Marchers at the event Picture: SOUTH SUFFOLK LEISURE

The Sudbury Memory Walk was held on Saturday, October 6, and participants battled the rain to take part in either a half mile, one-mile, three-mile or five-mile route along the Stour Valley Trail.

Councillor Margaret Maybury and Sudbury deputy mayor Robert Spivey started the walks and crowds were entertained by the Phoenix Marchers and vocalist Lisa Day.

Mr Spivey said: “It was a great pleasure to help with this event. Members of my family have been affected by this terrible disease and I know the value of the work that the dementia charities carry out.

“The weather wasn’t so good but spirits were high – congratulations to all those involved.”

Walkers united in the fight against dementia Picture: SOUTH SUFFOLK LEISUREWalkers united in the fight against dementia Picture: SOUTH SUFFOLK LEISURE

More than 35 volunteers helped at the event and refreshments were supplied by the East of England Co-op, Care UK and the Bridge Project.

Community volunteer Jerry Thatcher, whose mum Kate was the inspiration for the event, played an integral role by engaging with local businesses and support groups to create goody bags.

Mr Thatcher said: “Over the last three years I have been saying that I would love to see 1,000 turn up to do the walk putting Sudbury firmly on the map as somewhere where people really do care.

“I have given myself 10 years to try and achieve this. The weather did have an effect this year but I cannot state how much I was impressed by those that did join in – from a year old to 88 years young.

Participants in the Sudbury Memory Walk Picture: SOUTH SUFFOLK LEISUREParticipants in the Sudbury Memory Walk Picture: SOUTH SUFFOLK LEISURE

“Such commitment deserves to be rewarded. I really hope this will be another step along the way to making Sudbury a dementia friendly town.”

Mrs Maybury, who is Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for communities, said, “I was delighted to be at the memory walk which highlights the work needed, the commitment undetaken, and the living with, a debilitating and incurable disease for family, friends and sufferers.

“This event celebrates all areas of life with dementia and I praise those who carry on regardless.

“The weather this year was inclement for the walk but the event was made so enjoyable by all the volunteers, businesses and organisers who provided music and encouragement to lighten the rain.”

The street collection at the event totalled £699.88, but people can still donate at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sudbury-memory-walk-2018 until November 30.

The money will go to Decaf (Bridge Project) in Sudbury and Ansell Memories Cafe in Hadleigh.

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